White House Denies Bullying

Iran accuses The White House of intimidation tactics.

President Barack Obama applauds in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2011, during a 2010 Presidential Medal of Freedom ceremony. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)


WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House is condemning what it calls an
"organized intimidation campaign" by the Iranian government
against opposition leaders and other activists.

In a statement released Sunday, National Security Council
spokesman Tommy Vietor accused Iran of "blatant violation of the
universal rights of its citizens."

An international human rights group said Sunday that Iranian
security forces had abducted two opposition leaders and their
wives.

Vietor said Tehran's intimidation campaign included "arrests of
political figures, human rights defenders, political activists,
student leaders, journalists and bloggers," as well as jamming
satellite transmissions and blocking Internet traffic.

The spokesman called for Iranian leaders to "allow active
dialogue among its citizens, freedom of speech and freedom of
assembly without fear."

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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